Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Swallow Summer Dress - Vogue 8755

It seems we're having a bit of a heatwave here in Glasgow, and as usual, we locals have no idea how to deal with this.  Living in a city where we've genuinely had all 4 seasons in the one day, it's hard to wardrobe plan knowing that the weather is likely to change overnight.  Yesterday night I came home from work feeling disgusting (or mingin' as we Glaswegians like to say) and felt totally inspired to make some summery clothes.  Fortunately I'd just bought all that fab summer fabric whilst in Canada meaning I was good to go so I started cutting.  (if you wanna nosey at my fabrics, click here and here.)

My intentions were to make Butterick 5922 out of the swallow print poly I bought in Fabricland.  I had initially thought it was a chiffon but turns out it was just a crinkle poly print.  Now I hear y'all saying that poly isn't fit for summer clothes, but I was just intending to do that blouse.  However I had enough left over to get Vogue 8755 out of it so I went ahead.  And I love the result!

This is one of Vogue's Very Easy patterns, and I can assure you it really is very easy.  From cutting to completion, it took me just under 3 hours and I had absolutely no issues.  I especially like the double V meet in the middle, it looks really effective but it's ridiculously easy to do; two pleats in the skirt lapped over each other and two off-princess seams on the bodice meeting at the waist line.  The only other major construction used were shoulder, back and bust darts.

The pattern also calls for a 22" invisible zipper.  As these were impluse makes, I didn't have a suitable one in the house.  However I had a black metal teeth zip that I figured I could make a feature of.  So I did just that.

I absolutely love this dress.  I wore it to work today, and although poly, it actually wasn't that bad.  The skirt is quite flowy and the bodice isn't too fitted (see outtake below to see flowy).  And a couple of customers commented on it, which always makes a make feel much better and more professional that you think it looks!

I love this so much that I've just made a top version tonight, that is likely to get worn if the weather stays like this for tomorrow.  As much as we Glaswegians moan about the rain, we don't half moan about the sun.

What's on your sewing table just now?

8 comments:

  1. This is really pretty! Seems that blue bird dresses are all the rage these days! I had mine on today too. And have you seem Tilly's?

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    1. Thanks Helen, yeah I did see Tilly's and had to do a double take! Funny how sewers always follow the same trends!

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  2. That print is so pretty! The blue looks great on you, and I love the swallows.

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    1. Thanks! Everyone always tells me I suit blue, I'm thinking I should heed this advice and make some more blue things!

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  3. Oooh, this is CUTE! I love this color on you!

    I'm working on a swimsuit right now, although it's seriously doubtful that I'll get any beach time in this summer. :( One can dream, though, right?

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    1. Thanks Sonja! Ooh looking forward to hearing about your swimsuit making! I've got one cut out in a liberty print but I keep putting off making it...I keep getting distracted by everyone else's bombshells!

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  4. This is super cute! I love the pattern and the cut.

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    1. Thanks Michelle! It's a really good cut from such a straight forward pattern

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